Working Fictions: A Genealogy of the Victorian Novel by Carolyn Lesjak PDF

By Carolyn Lesjak

Working Fictions takes as its element of departure the typical and painful fact that nearly all of people toil for a salary and barely for his or her personal leisure or delight. during this remarkable reconceptualization of Victorian literary background, Carolyn Lesjak interrogates the connection among exertions and delight, strategies that have been primary to the Victorian mind's eye and the literary output of the period. during the construction of a brand new family tree of the “labor novel,” Lesjak demanding situations the existing assumption concerning the portrayal of labor in Victorian fiction, particularly that it disappears with the autumn from prominence of the economic novel. She proposes that the “problematic of work” persists through the 19th century and maintains to animate texts as diversified as Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton, George Eliot’s Felix Holt and Daniel Deronda, Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, and the essays and literary paintings of William Morris and Oscar Wilde.

Lesjak demonstrates how the ideological paintings of the literature of the Victorian period, the “golden age of the novel,” revolved round setting apart the domain names of work and delight and emphasizing the latter because the right realm of literary illustration. She unearths how the utopian works of Morris and Wilde grapple with this divide and try to think new relationships among paintings and enjoyment, relationships that will let a destiny within which paintings isn't the antithesis of delight. In Working Fictions, Lesjak argues for the modern relevance of the “labor novel,” suggesting that inside of its pages lie assets with which to confront the gulf among paintings and enjoyment that maintains to signify our international today.

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